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Teller thwarts robbery by saying: 'Bank's closed, come back tomorrow'

Published: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 10:17 a.m. CST

(MCT) — A quick-thinking teller is being credited with stopping a robbery by telling a woman with a demand note that the Northwest Side bank was closed, the FBI says.

The heist was foiled last week at the Albany Bank and Trust in the 3400 block of West Lawrence Avenue, according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court.

Around 5 p.m. on March 29, Olga L. Perdomo entered the bank and handed a note to a teller demanding "all of your money, no cops, no dye pack," according to the complaint.

But instead of handing over any cash, the teller told Perdomo to come back the next day.

"(The teller) took the note and told the female that the bank was closed and that she should come back tomorrow. The female then left the bank," the complaint states.

Surveillance video captured the woman, dressed in plaid pajama bottoms and a dark-colored hooded jacket with a large emblem on the back of the jacket.

The woman did not return the following day, but a bank employee who had seen the video spotted Perdomo outside the bank at about 3:20 p.m. Monday.

The employee called police who spotted Perdomo walking outside the bank with a man identified in the complaint as Willie Weathersby. Police recognized him as having robbed the same bank of $2,589 on March 23, according to the complaint.

Chicago police quickly arrested Perdomo and caught Weathersby after a brief chase.

The two appeared in U.S. District Court Tuesday.

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